Investment trusts have a long track record of delivering income to investors.
According to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), there are 21 investment trusts which have consecutively increased their dividend each year for at least 10 years and under 20 years.
Added to that, some of the oldest investment trusts have been going for as long as 150 years, and it would seem that they are a safe pair of hands.
Annabel Brodie-Smith, communications director at the AIC, comments: "Investors are still searching for income and the investment company industry offers a unique combination of features that makes them attractive to income seekers.
"These include their ability to smooth dividends by holding back income to boost dividends in tough times, and their suitability for illiquid assets such as property or infrastructure, which can offer a higher level of income."
But investment trusts are sometimes misunderstood and all too often dismissed by advisers as too complex for their clients.
Concepts such as gearing and the fact closed-ended funds can trade at a premium or discount are often cited as reasons for not recommending them to clients.
Some advisers simply prefer the open-ended fund structure and believe they can access all the asset classes they need to via these funds.
Yet the structure of closed-ended funds lends itself to getting exposure to less liquid assets, while an increasing number of platforms are offering them, making them more accessible.
As John Dance, chief executive at Vertem Asset Management notes, investment trusts are more commonly a "staple within many DFM portfolios", while advisers appear more reticent to use them.
This article, which qualifies for an indicative 30 minutes' worth of CPD, aims to establish what objections advisers have to using investment trusts in client portfolios and debunks some of the myths preventing wider take-up.
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